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Tony's at Blacksmith; Lunch at Monarch Underwhelming

MIDTOWNTony's chef Grant Gordon will host a pop-up at coffee shop Blacksmith this Sunday starting at 5:01 p.m. It's probably the most economical way to sample cooking that earned four stars from Chronicle critic Alison Cook. Get there early. [Facebook]

MUSEUM DISTRICT— Eating Our Words contributor Joanna O'Leary has strong words about the "pedestrian and definitely overpriced" lunch she tried at Monarch in the Hotel ZaZa. About the only nice thing she has to say about her roast beef sandwich is that the restaurant's staff "carefully packaged everything in separate containers" for her to-go order. [Eating Our Words]

VOTE— Having already solicited votes for best burger and best pizza, the Chronicle wants to know what Houstonian's favorite Tex-Mex is. Choices include stalwarts like The Original Ninfa's on Navigation, El Tiempo and Pico's Mex-Mex. [29-95]


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